Winter 2017 Week 3 – “Dropouts”

Week three is when we start to look at which shows have the potential to get more interesting and which might be better suited for less than regular viewing. If you’ve been following along, you might guess a couple that didn’t pass muster.


weekendotaku button WeekendOtaku’s shows

  1. Saga of Tanya the Evil 
  2. ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept 
  3. Onihei 
  4. Spiritpact
  5. Hand Shakers

 

kimmie button KimmieKawaii’s shows

  1. Scum’s Wish
  2. Gabriel Dropout
  3. Masamune-kun’s Revenge 
  4. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  5. ēldLIVE

 

Full disclosure: covering 10 shows is more time consuming than we thought it would be. The fact that  I complicated our original plans by doing a separate post for each one didn’t help either. That’s why it was a bit of a relief that we decided on two shows that we could both live without week to week. For all of you, that will hopefully translate into better work on the ones that remain.


Fully Invested:

WeekendOtaku

  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge: Three episodes in and already Masamune is seeing the nicer side of Aki. Will she figure out her feelings as well, and can they both survive Yoshino? These are things I need to know.
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil: The introductory arc has finished and now we’ll start to see if Tanya’s forced prayers are sinking in. There’s enough potential yet to keep things interesting
  • ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept.: A thickening plot means that someone will probably make a move soon. Not knowing if Jean is an unwitting pawn or has some secret hand to play in all this makes for a great mystery story.
  • Scum’s Wish: New characters complicate things between Hanabi and Mugi, who already seem to have a doomed relationship. A beautiful presentation and curiosity over how they’ll face these challenges keeps me interested.

 

KimmieKawaii

  • Spiritpact: After dissecting this weeks episode, I’m looking forward to the rest of this series all the more. Though the comedic moments overshadow the premise, it is still worthwhile to invest the time in.
  • Scum’s Wish: Stunning animation, realistic characters, and heavy issues being addressed by this series, it is easily the best part of Winter 2017.
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge: Though the story is a bit predictable, this light rom com is a welcome addition to my weekly viewing schedule. The likeable characters and relatable high school moments are enough to keep me watching.

 


Still Watching (but not sold):

WeekendOtaku

  • ēlDLIVE: Doing practically the same thing for 3 weeks brought this down one category, but I’m still pretty interested. Will wait to see how the plot develops before making any real judgment about it.
  • Spiritpact: This one stays relevant after a decent 3rd episode. It struggles with its presentation at times, but if the story continues to improve I can look past that.
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: This is one good episode away from being Fully Invested. Kimmie might be wanting some major plot development, but I’m really enjoying this silly slice of life.
  • Onihei: Hasegawa remains charismatic yet mysterious as another ‘case’ is cracked. Waiting to see if a central narrative surfaces, but it’s decent thus far.

 

KimmieKawaii

  • Onihei: Though I was initially put off after the premiere episode, this series is starting to grow on me. The narrative is enough to captivate me, but the animation is somewhat of a distraction.
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: While I’m ready to drop this, WeekendOtaku maintains there is potential to be found. With a predictable plot and transparent characters, I’m not seeing the appeal.
  • ACCA: 13 Territory Inspection Dept: Though the plot is intriguing, the monotone dialogue causes me to mentally check out from time to time. With the anticipation of action looming, I’m hopeful for a more engaging second half of the season.
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil: With little emphasis given to the supporting cast and minimal information regarding the actual war, the appeal of this series is disputable.
  • ēlDLIVE: I applaud the growth of Chuuta, but the rest of the series has been a bit of a letdown. With the same plot each week, executed in a slightly different way, it is difficult to find merit in this series.

Dropped

While we’re undecided on whether or not we’ll watch what remains of these shows, we’ve mutually decided to stop reviewing them week to week.

  • Hand Shakers: What little hope there was of an allegorical story has seen no progress while other issues continue to show. Even if this series is going somewhere we don’t feel like watching every week to find out.
  • Gabriel Dropout: While the series might be entertaining enough to watch on a binge, there is little to no substance that allows for meaningful reviews each week.

 


This post is part of our seasonal episodic review series. To view all the posts in this series, click the following link: Viewing Party

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9 thoughts on “Winter 2017 Week 3 – “Dropouts”

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  1. Handshakers and Dropout got dropped. While I dropped Gabriel I’m still vaguely holding out hope that Handshakers does something with its set up though it kind of seems determined to just see how much of a mess it can make.

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    1. Haha, now I’m imagining GoHands saying “let’s see if they’re still watching after THIS.”

      Hand Shakers may yet do something, but I don’t think I’ll lose much by coming back sometime later to find out. The only thing I’m kind of curious about still is how Tazuna will process finding out that someone close to him is a Hand Shaker (I’m pretty sure she is), but he’ll probably just spout some lines about it not meshing.

      I’ll check back on your episode reviews to find out.

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      1. I am so sick of him saying things aren’t meshing. Or are meshing. Or that he wants to make them mesh.This is definitely an abuse of the expression to make things mesh and to be honest I’d used it in a review (unrelated to Hand Shakers) and went and took it out just because I can no longer stand that expression. Sorry, rant over. It’s been bothering me.

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  2. Youjo senki and Masamune-kun are the ones which make my week this season. Glad you didn’t drop them ✌
    P.S: I am still not giving up on Gabriel dropout, they should make use of those cute character designs to some extent 😂😜. (°| – °|)

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    1. Yeah Kimmie got into Youjo Senki somehow so it’s safe for a while. Masamune, I think, is headed toward somewhere interesting too.

      I don’t think I’ve completely given up on Gab and friends either, but I’m not delivering anything of value with weekly reviews on it anymore.

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